Of the blue, purple, and crimson yarns they made finely worked vestments, for ministering in the holy place.

Exodus 39:1
a fancy cross with a purpler drape

I was familiar with the significance of the use of purple and blue fabrics in historical settings. Purple being the most expensive and rare dye, signifying royalty. Blue was regarded as representing the holy spirit, innocence, and trustworthiness. I was unfamiliar with the significance of crimson. In preparation for writing this devotional I wanted a deeper understanding of the significance of the colors chosen for creating these fine garments intended for ministering and serving in the Holy Place.

Crimson fabric was used to symbolized wealth and power, both politically and religiously. Not only second to purple in cost, it was also the firmest of dyes and not easily removed from cloth.

As I reflect on the picture of the fabric hanging on the cross I am filled with memories of sanctuaries decorated for lent in preparation to celebrate the life, ministry and sacrifice of Jesus. In all my years of attending many moving Lenten services, I cannot recall the specifics of my garments or the garments of the preachers and service leaders. What I do recall is the emotion, feeling, and reflective power these services can bring. As we journey though lent this year I encourage all of us turn our focus inward and weave our hearts and souls in purple, blue, and crimson in preparation for serving and ministering in the holy place. May the power and transformative experience of Lent stay with you and be not easily removed from the fabric of your heart.

Mike Smith